Increase in fatal drug overdoses across the United States driven by synthetic opioids before and during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Increase in fatal drug overdoses across the United States driven by synthetic opioids before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Published Date:

    December 17, 2020

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    HAN ; 438
  • Language:
    English
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    Distributed via the CDC Health Alert Network December 17, 2020, 8:00 AM ET CDCHAN-00438 The purpose of this Health Alert Network (HAN) Advisory is to alert public health departments, healthcare professionals, first responders, harm reduction organizations, laboratories, and medical examiners and coroners to— (1) substantial increases in drug overdose deaths across the United States, primarily driven by rapid increases in overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids excluding methadone (hereafter referred to as synthetic opioids), likely illicitly manufactured fentanyl; (2) a concerning acceleration of the increase in drug overdose deaths, with the largest increase recorded from March 2020 to May 2020,coinciding with the implementation of widespread mitigation measures for the COVID-19 pandemic; (3) the changing geographic distribution of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids, with the largest percentage increases occurring in states in the western United States; (4) significant increases in overdose deaths involving psychostimulants with abuse potential (hereafter referred to as psychostimulants) such as methamphetamine; and (5) recommendations for communities when responding to the evolving overdose crisis.
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